GIS analyst with 7 years experience in the industry
Spending my blunder years with my bestie since the womb! My older twin (by 90 seconds) and I born in the longhorn state until we were about 8. We moved throughout the west coast until graduating in 2007.
I decided to take 7 months off after graduating. After all, I worked really hard to graduate with my AA along with my High School Diploma. I was gone 2 years.
After studying under a black and white photographer in Germany, I decided to pursuit photojournalism as a career. I met a guy in the first few days at Rochester Institute of Tech and my life would never be the same.
One door closes and another one opens. My photo business flopped. I turned to a temp night job at Pictometry processing aerial imagery. There, I learned how to align pixels to the earth. It ruled. I was hooked... or tie pointed in this case.
I'll admit that I'm GIS geek but there's no shame in saying how I love to tell stories through data. We moved to New York, NY were I took a huge leap in my GIS career in commercial real estate.
PS: I'm not usually one to dress my pets up, but this was halloween.
Every GIS professional will encounter the need to automate. Learning the fundamentals of scripting is a challenge but worth it.
Bringing flare to online maps. Sometimes just getting involved in websites such as GITHub or w3schools will take that story map or custom app to the next level.
Compiling, vetting and verifying data for complex spatial analysis can often mean longer deadlines. Project Management skills help with communication, deadlines and overall work balance in day to day GIS life.
Any GIS role will require some selling points. Often others aren't sure what they are looking for or what they want. Half of any GIS role is to get to the root of someone's needs.
Data doesn't have to look boring. Taking time to find the right symbology or proper point dispersal could really make a huge difference in gathering an audience.
I have worked on dozens of projects so I have picked only the latest for you.
Behind geography and data, a map can be more powerful when married with a narrative and pleasing design. Condensing complex analytics in an informative, easy-to-understand layout can be crucial for a map's success.
Sometimes the greatest challenge is to create a template tying the design back to the map.
Most data is best displayed through a simple thematic map.
Where do people spend most of their time during the day? Where do people live? How much money are they spending on food?
Using colors properly to engage audiences answering the questions being asked.
I like to think of thematics as the cover to a book or the label on the wine.
Density is a powerful way to strategize the next location. Seeing the market through density can help determine if the next location is cannabalisim or prime real estate.
How close am I to my existing store in SoHo? How saturated is the market with our peer brands? Or is putting a store right in the heart of the saturated market going to define how our business will succeed.